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Six Cougars earn special recognition at senior banquet

(From left) Noah Grove, Emily Ciesynski, Kendra Raths, Tyler Sassenberg, Kyle Och and not pictured Yu Ito were recipients of the Minnesota Morris senior student-athlete awards at the banquet Wednesday, April 24. UMM Sports Information

Six Minnesota Morris senior student-athletes received awards Wednesday, April 24, at the University of Minnesota Morris Student-Athlete Senior Banquet at Oyate Hall.

Arnold Henjum Award: Kyle Och, Men's Golf

Willis Kelly Award: Yu Ito, Women's Soccer

Men's Honor Athlete: Tyler Sassenberg, Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field

Women's Honor Athlete: Kendra Raths, Women's Basketball

Men's Cougar Excellence Award: Noah Grove, Men's Basketball

Women's Cougar Excellence Award: Emily Ciesynski, Women's Track & Field

Arnold Henjum Scholar-Athlete Award

Presented to a senior male athlete on the basis of athletic excellence and integrity, the award honors Arnold Henjum, professor of education from 1964 to 1992, who made innumerable contributions to Minnesota public education. Recipients must earn a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.

Willis Kelly Award

Presented to a senior female athlete who exemplifies the spirit of competition at Morris in women's athletics, the award is in memory of Willis Kelly, physical education coach and athletic director at Morris for more than 20 years. She was the first director of women's athletics in 1975 and served as director of men's and women's athletics from 1982 until her retirement in 1987. Recipients must earn a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.

Honor Athlete Awards

Selected by a committee of coaches on the basis of academic and athletic achievement, recipients of the Men's and Women's Honor Athlete Awards have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Cougar Excellence Awards

The Cougar Excellence Awards are awarded each year to fourth-year student-athlete who represent the best of Cougar Athletics: passion, dedication, athletic competitiveness, and academic engagement. Recipients have competed at the University of Minnesota Morris for a minimum of two years.